Through my own experience having dealt with atheists who have challenged my faith, I find them to be constantly searching for answers, or proving that religion, or perhaps, spirituality is just nonsense. But they want concrete proof; scientific proof. And just because I can say I've had a spiritual experience and saw God Himself -- they can chuck it up to extreme euphoria that the mind can produce -- who knows. But if a person is truly atheist, then why ask so many questions? It reminds me of the girl who was in the closet about her sexuality of being a lesbian asking me a million questions about what it's like to be gay. To me, it's the same concept. The curiosity of it all springs up new assumptions about atheists. I can be totally off on this, but this is how I see it. One atheist told me something I'll never forget. He said, "Atheists don't do 'good deeds' just to please some 'god' - they do it from their hearts." Meaning there is no genuine love (or good intentions) on Christians who do good. Through my experience with my own faith, 'good deeds' is not a ticket into heaven. You can do all the good in the world and it will not guarantee a spot up in paradise. What counts is a faithful heart - a heart that believes that without a doubt, God is real and Jesus has saved them.
One scripture from Galatians 2:15-16 reads, "You and I are Jews by birth, not 'sinners' like the gentiles. And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ - and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law."
It's amazing how right in the Bible in black and white that it clearly tells us that nobody will be saved by doing 'good', or in Bible's words, obeying the law. This doesn't mean go out and be an evil little demon - it's just displaying how human we are and how God knows all the flaws in humankind, which is why He brought His only son to die for us on the cross. So with more faith and spirituality, Christians are doing 'good deeds' because of their faith, not because they want God to accept them. They're doing it to please YOU, as a brother & sister -- not to get a Christian badge of honor. My point is, I don't see the point in an atheist challenging the beliefs of Christians if they are indeed, truly an atheist. What's the point? If your mind is dead set on not believing any 'supernatural' entity or deity, then why poke the arms of other believers if there isn't one bit of curiosity whatsoever. And if there is curiosity, then great. Maybe the seed can be planted in a roundabout way.
While tweeting about it, I got a couple of responses:
All good and sound advice and thoughts being given to me. I think I'll just play Switzerland, leave my beliefs and faith on my blog and let people either read it or simply "X" out of the page.
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